Undergraduate Program

The Bachelor of Science program in mining engineering offered by the University of Arizona Department of Mining and Geological Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The degree is composed of 128 units. Students must first be accepted into the UA College of Engineering and then choose the mining engineering major in their junior year. Students can pursue tracks in:

Mine Operations

The mine operations track prepares students to design, build and operate surface and underground mines; work in mine finance; and work with mine information and production technology. While minors are not required for engineering majors, many students in this track minor in mathematics or geology.


The geomechanics track prepares students to work on geotechnical and geomechanical designs and projects in rock and soil.  The track combines classes in mining with more geology, geographic information systems, geophysics, hydrology or civil engineering. Students can work in mining, oil and gas, or the construction sector.  We encourage a minor in geosciences with this track. 

Sustainable Resource Development

The sustainable resource development track gives students the option to take more classes in health and safety, environmental science, or a range of classes related to sustainability including resource economics and anthropology.  We encourage a minor in environmental science or public health with this track.

Mineral Processing

The mineral processing track provides a path for students to gain an in-depth knowledge of ore comminution and liberation, removal of the valuable minerals in the form of concentrate, extraction of valuable metals from concentrates, and purification of metals using aqueous or thermal chemistry. We encourage a minor in chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science and engineering.


Objectives for Undergrads

Outcomes for Our Students

  • Utilize their engineering, science and computational skills to advance in their careers, including the ability to adapt to a future global minerals industry with new and unforeseen challenges.
  • Utilize and continue to develop skills in communication, technical writing, leadership and working effectively in teams.
  • Engage in lifelong learning, including active engagement in professional organizations and the ability to pursue advance degrees in minerals-related technical fields, as well as fields that support the minerals industry such as environmental science, business, law, and international languages and cultures.
  • Recognize and consider the importance of health, safety, communities and the environment in a balanced approach to mineral resource development, and the importance of mining engineers in helping to achieve that balance.
  • Possess high professional and ethical standards, including the effective management of tasks and projects through organization, planning, analysis of risks, scheduling and the management of resources.
  • Prepare for and attain licensure as a Professional Engineer, if so desired.
  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to, engage in lifelong learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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